What Were We Thinking?

Office politics has gotten a bad rap. To some of us it is a dirty word; yet others seem to understand intuitively that political savvy is the key to the corporate kingdom. It's how business is done.

According to John Eldred, a consultant and professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Management, “Politics is simply how power gets worked out on a practical, day-to-day basis.”1 Eldred, who teaches a course called Mastering Organizational Politics and Power, goes on to say, “People in organizations demonstrate power in every conversation, every decision, and every interaction.”2

Even if we recognize its utility, Office Politics 101 is not a subject that comes naturally to many of us. In the IT sector, ...

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